Hospice Medication Information

Helping you understand the medications your loved one needs, so you can focus on what matters most

Accurate, easy-to-understand hospice medication information helps you care for your loved one more effectively. As needs evolve, we maintain an open dialogue with to support choices for reducing pain and discomfort.

Overview

Accurate, easy-to-understand hospice medication information helps you care for your loved one more effectively. As needs evolve, we maintain an open dialogue with to support choices for reducing pain and discomfort.

All hospice medicines are delivered to you directly. The Hospice pharmacy will supply you with facts and information about medicines.

Your hospice nurse will review all current medicines with you and your caregiver at each visit and help you learn about any other medicines available to promote comfort. This ensures that the right combination of drugs are prescribed to relieve pain and other symptoms effectively. Benefits and drawbacks of each medicine and all medicines are explained and chosen based on each patient’s unique needs and preferences.

If necessary, your hospice nurse can call on a hospice nurse practitioner or physician to respond to your loved one’s changing needs. They work closely with your physician to prescribe new medicines or different doses of existing medicines. The hospice nurse practitioner or physician will explain the medicine changes and the effects of the changes.

Common medicines used

Medicines commonly prescribed for Hospice patients include:

Pain medicines

A variety of pain medicines can be used to provide advanced pain relief. Pain medicines can also have side effects, so we work to find the medicine and dosage that works best.

Stool softeners and laxatives

Some pain medicines cause constipation. This uncomfortable side effect can be relieved with appropriate doses of laxatives and stool softeners.

Anxiety medicines

It’s normal to experience fear and emotional stress when faced with the end of life. Medicines that reduce anxiety and agitation can help ease these feelings as well as work through emotional challenges.

Steroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Some disease processes cause inflammation that may result in pain and discomfort. Anti-inflammatory medicines reduce discomfort.

Anti-nausea medicine

Some treatments may cause nausea and vomiting, or they may be a symptom of the disease itself. Anti-nausea medicine reduces these symptoms for better quality of daily life.

Hospice Care

At the beginning of Hospice care, staff guides you through how to provide care at home. Part of this includes information about medicines that ease pain and discomfort. Ongoing education is provided as needs change.

As needed, in-service programs and informal education is provided for caregivers in long-term care and other facilities. These programs help physicians, nurses and other staff understand the goals of Hospice and the medicine commonly use with patients. With this information, non-hospice care providers are better able to work effectively with you and our staff to keep your loved one comfortable.

What To Expect

All hospice medicines are delivered to you directly. The Hospice pharmacy will supply you with facts and information about medicines.

Your hospice nurse will review all current medicines with you and your caregiver at each visit and help you learn about any other medicines available to promote comfort. This ensures that the right combination of drugs are prescribed to relieve pain and other symptoms effectively. Benefits and drawbacks of each medicine and all medicines are explained and chosen based on each patient’s unique needs and preferences.

If necessary, your hospice nurse can call on a hospice nurse practitioner or physician to respond to your loved one’s changing needs. They work closely with your physician to prescribe new medicines or different doses of existing medicines. The hospice nurse practitioner or physician will explain the medicine changes and the effects of the changes.

Common medicines used

Medicines commonly prescribed for Hospice patients include:

Pain medicines

A variety of pain medicines can be used to provide advanced pain relief. Pain medicines can also have side effects, so we work to find the medicine and dosage that works best.

Stool softeners and laxatives

Some pain medicines cause constipation. This uncomfortable side effect can be relieved with appropriate doses of laxatives and stool softeners.

Anxiety medicines

It’s normal to experience fear and emotional stress when faced with the end of life. Medicines that reduce anxiety and agitation can help ease these feelings as well as work through emotional challenges.

Steroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Some disease processes cause inflammation that may result in pain and discomfort. Anti-inflammatory medicines reduce discomfort.

Anti-nausea medicine

Some treatments may cause nausea and vomiting, or they may be a symptom of the disease itself. Anti-nausea medicine reduces these symptoms for better quality of daily life.

Hospice Care

At the beginning of Hospice care, staff guides you through how to provide care at home. Part of this includes information about medicines that ease pain and discomfort. Ongoing education is provided as needs change.

As needed, in-service programs and informal education is provided for caregivers in long-term care and other facilities. These programs help physicians, nurses and other staff understand the goals of Hospice and the medicine commonly use with patients. With this information, non-hospice care providers are better able to work effectively with you and our staff to keep your loved one comfortable.

Questions to Ask Your Provider About Hospice Medication

  • What medicines are available to reduce particular symptoms?
  • What is each medicine prescribed for?
  • How can we tell whether medicines are working?
  • Are there any dangers associated with each medicine?

Questions To Ask Your Provider

Questions to Ask Your Provider About Hospice Medication

  • What medicines are available to reduce particular symptoms?
  • What is each medicine prescribed for?
  • How can we tell whether medicines are working?
  • Are there any dangers associated with each medicine?

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